On Tuesday 16th August the government are due to announce another increase in all rail ticket prices. Currently Brits pay rail fares up to 10 times higher than other EU countries and services on local lines like ours are often late, overcrowded and under-staffed. Reduction in staff due to cutbacks has resulted in frequent understaffing on some routes, with passengers being unable to obtain tickets when there are problems with machines and the loan of Matlock to Derby carriages to another line has resulted in overcrowding on many trains travelling south. Passengers and taxpayers are now going to being made to pay an even higher price for the failures of rail privatisation.
Higher prices for weaker services.
Action for Rail is organising a protest on 16th August calling for Renationalisation of the railways, affordable fares, and for Govia to be stripped of the Southern Rail franchise. This is being supported by the Peoples Assembly, Momentum, Derby Climate Coalition and Derby Unite Community branch, as well as the Rail unions.
Momentum Derbyshire says “Public ownership of rail could deliver cheaper fares. If the lines up for renewal this parliament were taken back into public ownership, that could save around £1.5bn – which could fund a 10 per cent cut in season tickets and other regulated fares from 2017. A third (£520m) of this £1.5bn saving would come from recouping the money private train companies pay in dividends to their shareholders.”
The new fare prices will come into force in January 2017 and are claimed to be based on inflation, despite the value of the pound dropping to an all time low following Brexit and its economic fallout as well as interest rates dropping to near zero.
Action for Rail are asking supporters to help distribute cards at:
Local Station on 16 August
Belper Station – 07:45 – 08:15
Derby Station– 16:30 – 18:00
and to write to to your MPs:
You can also use the hashtag #RAILRIPOFF on social media.